Frosh: First Blush (Frosh #1) by Monica B. Wagner

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During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan.

Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble. 

Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.

High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.

Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?

FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart. 


I feel like I need to start this by saying this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger (and the next book is not out yet)! I was reading along, only at about 80% of the way through and thought great, plenty of time to resolve what is happening and then it was just over! I was just like No!! I need to see what happens! So be warned - there is a cliffhanger. Some slight spoilers ahead. 

Frosh was a pretty good read. Good enough that I want the next book! It is surprising how much I wanted the story to continue seeing as how I didn't really care for most of the characters. They are all kind of naive and just not my thing, but somehow the author made me want to read more. 

Devon is this spoiled little rich girl who doesn't care about other people just wants things to look good to get out from a scandal her family has been living with. I didn't like her at all. She was way too singularly focused and used people if it helped her. She didn't care if she hurt anyone or anything. She didn't care about anyone but herself really. And Charlie? Oh poor Charlie. The hot geeky guy who likes Devon. I liked him, though I didn't like how he wanted to change to get the girl. If she is not into you then maybe you deserve better? Anyways the two of them...I didn't really buy them as a couple. Really I didn't buy Devon realizing she likes Charlie and wants to be with him for real. I didn't buy that she would give up on her goals after she has put so much time and effort into getting better publicity. I was too instant of a switch to be believable for me. 

Then we have Grant and Ellie. Man Ellie is WAY too naive to survive in the real world. She just seems very young and totally inexperienced. It is nice that she wants to change thing, to do good, to find the big stories, but she just came across as too...too starry-eyed freshman to do much. Plus she has to work her way up and she isn't willing to do that. She will find the big story and release it and rise to the top instantly! Yey her! Only her assignment is to write a bio on Grant, the schools star quarterback. 

Grant and Ellie were both drawn to the other right away. Grant because Ellie didn't care about football, which is rare. Most people only want to be near him because of who he is. But he has a secret that could ruin his football career if it ever got out so he can't talk to Ellie. He is a good guy, but sometimes doesn't make the right decisions. That is one thing that did bug me, how the character would be like I like so and so, but I am not sure if they like me, let me go out with someone else instead cause...I really like so and so and hanging out with the other person and not being into it at all is totally cool. It was like if there was a slight bump they gave up on the person they actually liked and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Why not try and work it out first if you like that person as much as you claim you do? Why just throw it all away? I don't know. 

Ellie especially doesn't want to be attracted to Grant since he is her assignment, but she can't help it. She doesn't even believe that he is a good guy for most of the book, but she is attracted to him. There are lots of ups and downs through the story with these characters, no one really seems to know what they want, but I did enjoy this story. I know it doesn't seem like it since I didn't care for the characters, but something about it made it a fun read. The story was interesting enough that I want more. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens next!

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


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